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Russia, Turkey Agree To Hand Over Key Northeast Syria Town To Government Forces

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Russia, Turkey Agree To Hand Over Key Northeast Syria Town To Government Forces

Syrian soldiers in Tel Rifaat city, Illustrative image

Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement that would force Turkish-backed militants out of a key town in the country’s northeastern region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on December 5.

According to the monitor group’s director, Rami Abdulrahman, militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army will withdraw from the town of al-Mabrukah, where Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops will be deployed.

Al-Mabrukah is located south of the border town of Ras al-Ayn in the northern al-Hasakah countryside. The town hosts a key electrical substation that was damaged during the recent Turkish-led attack on the region.

“Moscow and Ankara reached it [the agreement] in exchange for supplying [Turkish-occupied] Ras al-Ayn with electricity,” Abdulrahman said.

Sputnik confirmed SOHR’s report and revealed that the SAA and units of the Russian Military Police are now preparing to enter al-Mabrukah electrical substation. The Syrian Ministry of Electricity will reportedly work to restore the substation into service.

Last October, the Turkish military and the NSA launched Operation Peace Spring against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria. The operation displaced tens of thousands of civilians and damaged the region’s infrastructure.

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